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  • Bluetooth gap delays OZ medical advance

    An Australian medical technology company is being hindered by the lack of Bluetooth-enabled products on the market. MicroMedical Industries, which supplies heart monitoring systems to ambulances and at-home patients via the GSM network, has been granted a new European patent for the development of wireless medical monitoring system using Bluetooth technology.

  • SAP, Fujitsu in Asia-Pacific alliance

    SAP has announced a global technology partner agreement with Fujitsu to support the company's e-business platform mySAP.com.

  • Belkin acquires Micra Digital

    California-based Belkin Components, a manufacturer of computer connectivity solutions and accessories, has acquired Micra Digital, an Australian-based manufacturer of computer cables, telephone accessories, and networking products.

  • Inprise morphs to Borland

    E-business implementation solutions provider, Borland Software Corporation has completed its name change from Inprise Corporation.

  • Q4 PC sales fall: watch for price cuts

    PC shipments in Australia declined by 18 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2000 over the previous quarter and by 11 per cent over the 1999 corresponding period, a Gartner Dataquest report has shown.

  • OZ server market flatlines in Q4

    Australia's server market experienced flat growth in the final quarter of 2000, despite a boom in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region. Figures released by Gartner's Dataquest show Australia missed out on a 30 per cent increase in server unit shipments in the region during the last quarter of 2000 compared with the corresponding quarter in 1999.

  • What's a QALA?

    In the face of increasing telecomms deregulation across the Asia-Pacific region, startup telco services provider QALA - launched in Australia in October last year - has previewed the first of its services.

  • Card cheats? Don't ask the banks

    Major banks are shirking the task of tackling Internet credit card fraud, leaving e-tailers to carry the costs, according to OzBooks CEO Rafael Chavan de Montero. The founder of one of Australia's largest online book shops, Chavan de Montero, is lobbying the banks to improve security checks with merchants in an attempt to cut online fraud.

  • Consortium unveils security spec

    The Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA), a trade group representing 145 technology companies, on Tuesday released a specification to make computer data more secure. Its efforts are backed by founding members Compaq Computer Corp., Microsoft Corp. Hewlett-Packard Co. and Intel Corp.

  • Waitt cleans house on first day back in Gateway CEO chair

    Gateway Inc., the PC retailer, has had a management overhaul in the past two days, as it attempts to turn around flagging PC sales.

  • U.K. telecom Thus says DSL makes no economic sense

    The rollout of broadband Internet services in the U.K. suffered yet another set back on Tuesday when Scotland-based telecommunications company Thus PLC announced it was pulling the plug on its aggressive plans to offer DSL (digital subscriber line) service from co-location sites with British Telecom PLC.

  • 2netFX and Linux NetworX ship cluster servers

    Streaming software vendor 2netFX and Linux NetworX will be showing off at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo today a new clustering system that handles streaming media for high-volume businesses.

  • Nokia net profit up 41 percent in Q4

    Nokia Corp. Tuesday once again beat analyst expectations when it announced a 41 percent increase in its net profit for the fourth quarter of 2000. [Note To Editors: New information appears in bold.]Calling it's results "nothing short of extraordinary," the Finnish mobile phone maker said its net profit in the last quarter of 2000 was 1.2 billion euros (US$1.1 billion), or 0.25 euros per share, compared to 853 million euros, or 0.18 euros, in the same period a year ago.

  • AT&T refocuses on the enterprise

    AT&T Corp. came charging back at enterprise customers with a spate of offerings at the ComNet show here today. The Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based granddaddy telecom -- which has suffered its share of financial setbacks lately -- is the latest of the large carriers to espouse a renewed interest in enterprise offerings.

  • Nortel unveils Personal Net Porfolio

    Nortel Networks Corp. today unveiled new telecommunications technology, based on Alteon WebSystems Inc. switches, designed to give Internet content providers the ability to provide new services.

  • Intel launches ultra-low power mobile processors

    Intel Corp. is firing a return shot at low-power chip newcomer Transmeta Corp. by releasing two low-power processors it claims run faster and use less power than Transmeta's Crusoe. IBM Corp. is the first supporter, using one of the chips in a notebook shipping shortly in Japan.

  • Baan unveils iBaan Portal management applications

    Dutch ERP (enterprise resource planning) software maker Baan Co. NV unveiled a suite of Internet-based management applications and services Monday, its first offering since British software maker Invensys PLC bought a controlling stake in the embattled company last year.

  • Feds announce IT innovation spending

    The Australian government's grand plan for the IT future of Australia was launched Monday at Sydney's Technology Park Redfern. Despite the pro-active subtitle, which read "an innovation action plan for the future", the government's statement focused on increases in research funding, as well as providing improved tax concessions for private sector research and development.

  • IT bodies cheer "Innovation Action Plan"

    Industry groups have welcomed the federal government's long-awaited Innovation Action Plan. Rob Durie, executive director for the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), said the association looked positively on the government's statement and sees it "not as a panacea, but as a good first step".

  • Training body slams Feds' "BAA" plan

    An industry body has slammed the government's lack of recognition of the growing importance of vocational training to the IT industry. Leo van Neuren, executive officer for the Information Technology Telecommunication Industry Training Advisory Body (IT&TAB) said the sector has been "left out in the cold" in the federal government's Innovation Action Plan.

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